Listed Crossness Pumping Station, seen in Roger Waters’ music video, The Last Refugee, could gain full museum accreditation within a year, says new chairman
PUBLISHED: 12:52 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:15 10 July 2017
The station dates back to the 19th century
The new chairman responsible for restoring Crossness Pumping Station hopes the Grade I listed building could be rubber stamped as a museum in the coming year, while it gains attention as a location for rock videos and horror films.
Adjacent to Erith marshes, the 19th century station received a £2.7million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2008 to begin work on becoming a museum, but works stalled as an access road had to be created, which was eventualyl delivered in 2014.
Three years on, the new chairman of Crossness Engines Trust, Peter Catterall, hopes the building, one of only two Grade I listed in south London, will gain full museum accreditation in the next 12 months, as he takes over from former Erith and Thamesmead MP, John Austin, who is stepping down after moving to Hove.
Prof. Catterall, who teaches history at the University of Westminster, said: “It’s been an extremely long process, John’s role was mainly about the restoration, moving forward I’d like to focus on the preservation, conservation of our heritage, and its potential use as a hire site for activities.
“We’re already seeing people hire out the venue for gothic horror movies, rock videos and even a steampunk festival.
“Roger Waters from Pink Floyd filmed his music video for The Last Refugee here which he released back in May.
“We already have a permanent exhibition for visitors, but if we can get the full accreditation, which rubber stamps us as museum, then we can start looking at getting more temporary exhibitions, and recruiting new volunteers at the front of house to show people around, working together with the great team of volunteers we already have who have helped restore Crossness.”
The Crossness Engines Trust has been responsible for restoring the former sewage station’s beam engines which were built over 150 years ago to solve London’s sewage problems following “the Great Stink” of the 1850s.
The former sewage station, described as a “masterpiece of engineering”, hosts of up to five open days a month for visitors to take a look around the site.
Mr Austin is expected to keep a role on the trust’s board, while the trust hopes to put in its application for museum accreditation within the next month.